On 4 October 2016, the U.S. Coast Guard extended through the end of 2017 its approval of ARC’s alternative planning criteria plan for the Western Alaska / Aleutians, Kodiak, and Bristol Bay sub-areas. We are now in open enrollment. Sign up today to lock in our low rates!
Under the ARC plan shippers can stay on route and avoid the additional time, expense and risk of deviating offshore to avoid costly compliance. ARC adds web-based resource tracking, and instant access to vessel response plan information and resource caches adding to overall safety as well as risk reduction for vessels operating through the Aleutian Islands.
Alaska Response Company, LLC partners for response resources available for deployment round-the-clock. The ARC Plan will deliver spill response gear throughout the remote Aleutians. Equipment and personnel are pre-located in the Aleutians, supplemented with additional cascade resources. Services include spill containment, collection, temporary storage, decontamination and waste disposal, specialized wildlife response, remote communications, and staging support.
Resources are located near the Unimak Pass choke point, as well as on Adak Island. This approved plan will allow shippers to save time, money and mitigate risks associated with sailing through this remote area, while remaining in full OPA 90 compliance. Caches will be added at Dutch Harbor/Unalaska and St. Paul Island to further reduce risk through expanded response readiness.
ARC’s approved APC Plan name sums it up: Pathway to Protection. Through a unique blend of old fashioned response capabilities in the region with cutting edge, proprietary tracking, response analysis, and compliance tools, ARC’s APC Plan goes above and beyond others offered throughout the country.
The AIS-based system monitoring and tracking VTRAC tool is a GIS-based application in which AIS-generated data is combined with geo-referenced information specific to response needs and rules to monitor, in near-real time, the speed and location of enrolled vessels as they transit through the chosen coverage area.
Through a build up of response capabilities actually on Adak Island in the heart of the APC coverage area, our local synergies will focus on making the capability close, i.e., truly local.
In partnership with ASCI, ARC’s APC Plan provides 24/7 watchstanding at our Operations Center in Anchorage. The Watch Team, under the careful oversight of the Watch Supervisor, stands ready to prevent problems before they occur and respond timely if necessary.
ARC’s APC Plan calls for the positioning of WCD1 levels of equipment in the APC Zone as part of our focus on enhancing oil spill response capabilities in the region.
Everything about ARC’s APC Plan and its administration says team. From our close collaboration with vessel owners and local stakeholders to our partnerships with equipment providers, we aim to bring a team effort to the task of enhancing environmental prevention and response capabilities in Western Alaska.
ARC maintains the highest level of commitment to training and drilling for excellence in spill prevention and response. To that end, ARC has assembled the highest caliber, most experienced team of trainers and training program administrators to make sure that there is not only equipment capability in the region, but also people who know how and when to use it.
To better protect your vessels, and provide you with the best service, Alaska Responce Company has established key strategic partnerships with some of the best regional corporations.
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An APC plan is an alternative compliance method allowed by the federal regulations. The APC allows vessel operators and/or organizations to propose alternative pollution prevention measures where standard regulatory compliance measures are not feasible. APC plans must provide a suite of strategies that meet the broad environmental protection objectives of the regulations in order to obtain U. S. Coast Guard approval. Robust risk reduction and response capabilities are critical components.
The oil spill response equipment requirements prescribed in the U.S. Coast Guard regulations cannot feasibly be achieved throughout the Aleutians and Western Alaska’s expansive maritime region. The Coast Guard recognized the unique compliance challenges Alaska presents and allowed for submission and compliance with “Alternative Planning Criteria” by vessel operators that achieve environmental protection objectives of the regulations through other measures.
All waters encompassed by the Aleutians, Bristol Bay, and Kodiak subareas of the Coast Guard Captain of the Port (COTP) Western Alaska are met by the ARC APC Plan for nontank vessels (“Pathway to Protection”). Vessels operating in the nearshore, or offshore environment cannot presently meet the spill response equipment requirements without participation in an APC Plan.
Theoretically, there are several options available to vessels to address the NTV regulations, but the only viable option available for covered area in Western Alaska is to enroll in an approved APC Plan.
Enrollment in ARC’s APC Plan provides access to ASCI’s OSRO resources to meet the federal NTV regulations. The planholder’s QI or authorized representative will execute an IG-approved contract directly with ASCI for spill response resources.
ARC’s prevention and response program includes monitoring the real time locations of vessels including towing and other capable vessels with satellite transponders. The availability of these vessels varies seasonally. ARC and ASCI also have contact information on these vessels and information on their capabilities, for example, horsepower and bollard pull. ARC/ASCI can provide all of this information to the owner/operator or QI upon request.
ARC and ASCI provide the initial link between the operators QI and the suite of response resources available through participation in the APC. Should a response be activated for OSRO needs, ASCI will begin response operations.
ARC’s fees are based on the projected number of participating vessels and the cost of providing enhanced prevention and response capabilities required by the U.S. Coast Guard in the approved APC. Based on the number of participating vessels in 2016, ARC has determined a NTV Fee Schedule as follows:
The following fees apply to each non-tank vessel (NTV) submitted for coverage and participation in the Alaska Response Company, LLC, U.S. Coast Guard OPA 90 Alternative Planning Criteria (ARC Plan) which covers international traffic to or from a U.S. West Coast port through Aleutian waters on the Pacific Great Circle Route. The fees are paid on a per vessel basis. Enrollment includes coverage under the ARC Plan and Aleutians Spill Control, Inc. OSRO.
|Total Fuel Capacity – Worst-Case Discharge (WCD)||NTV Annual Fees|
|WCD up to 2,500 bbl||$1,000 per Vessel|
|WCD from 2,501 to 10,000 bbl||$1,900 per Vessel|
|WCD from 10,001 to 25,000 bbl||$3,500 per Vessel|
|WCD from 25,001 to 50,000 bbl||$4,700 per Vessel|
|WCD greater than 50,000 bbl||$5,200 per Vessel|
Enrollment is easy and may be done by enquiring through the ENROLL section of this website. Or, you may simply download the relevant agreements and forms from our DOCUMENTS section. Completed forms may be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org. We also accept enrollment by hardcopy, signed documents mailed to our office.
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